ASUS HD 6970 Direct CUII Review

By on April 14, 2011
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Mean looking card with a mild demeanor.

Good: Extremely quiet, Incredible overclocking headroom, Runs cool no matter the speeds
Bad: 3-slot card may make CrossFire difficult, Low factory overclock
Price: AED 1,650
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

For testing the ASUS HD 6970 Direct CUII, I have used the regular Tbreak testbed, consisting of an Intel Core i7-2600K, Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2200MHz memory, Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard, WD VelociRaptor 300GB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate running on it; all of which is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I have added the regular AMD HD 6970, the MSI R6970 Lightning and the Zotac GTX 570. Except for 3DMark, all other benchmarks are run at a resolution of 1920×1200.

Obviously the 50MHz extra clock speeds on the MSI R6970 Lightning help it push ahead of the EAH6970DCII, but the latter is still up there in most of the benchmarks.

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  • Luay

    Thanks as always Taimoor!

    First, despite the lazy 10mhz overclock, the Direct CUII has more overclocking room than the Twin Frzor III and is more quite. Right?

    Next, does this card really take up 3 slots or just 2 and chunk of the third? For SLI, even a high-end board such as the Sabertooth P67 can’t handle 3-slot coolers unless there is some space between the cards, and that leaves me with a more expensive P67 Revolution motherboard if I go ahead with this build.

    Finally, I’ll wait for the HIS IceQTurbo to make my final decision on which card to get.

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      Overclocking headroom depends on the card. I can’t guarantee that you will get the exact overclocking speeds I achieved on the ASUS card. Likewise it’s possible that the MSI Twin Frozr III will result in more or less speeds than what I got. You can take the numbers I have as a guideline.

      And ASUS lists this as taking 2.5 slots, but reular motherboards (and even cases) will make this card eat up 3 slots. Depending on the motherboard, of course, you maybe able to go for CrossFire…but just check the specs first. Liek you rightly said, you have better luck with the higher-end P67 boards.

  • Kakmoniak

    I bought it 2 days ago. I am still waiting for shipping. Overclocking gives 1 fps?

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